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Latest Whisky News - Chivas Brothers named IWSC distiller of the year at international wine & spirit competition - 27th November 2009

Alan Winchester and Desmond Payne collect the Distiller of the Year Award at the IWSC27.11.09 - Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, was named IWSC Distiller of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London last night.

The competition’s top award for spirits producer is the result of Chivas Brothers’ unmatched tally of trophy and medal wins including the Trophies for best gin for Beefeater 24, and best single malt Scotch whisky under 15 years for Strathisla as well as eight Gold Best in Class medals across the portfolio.

The Trophy for Best Gin was presented to Beefeater Master Distiller Desmond Payne just one year since its launch defining its distinctive new recipe a modern classic. Beefeater Gin has received this Trophy an impressive seven times in the last ten years*, emphasising its position as the most authoritative gin brand in the world.

Christian Porta, Chairman and Chief Executive of Chivas Brothers said: “Winning the IWSC Distiller of the Year award as well as such a wide range of awards across our portfolio highlights the expertise and dedication of our Master Blenders and Distillers, and we are delighted to be toasting their success. Such independent endorsement from the IWSC demonstrates that Chivas Brothers is the authority on Scotch whisky and premium gin, with international brands of supreme quality.”

The International Wine & Spirit Competition is the premier competition of its kind in the world and acknowledges the ultimate achievement. It represents a benchmark of excellence and has been held annually for the last 40 years to reward outstanding quality among the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. Winners are selected following a rigorous blind tasting carried out by a judging panel headed by some of the industry’s most influential members. 500 guests attended the event last night including some of the most highly regarded figures within the wine & spirit industry.

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